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Best Original Games of 2003?

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the imitation-is-the-sincerest-form-of-copying dept.

Games 654

PapaZit writes "It seems like most of the games that I purchase these days are sequels: GTA3 and Vice City , Zelda: Wind Waker, even Knights of the Old Republic and Galaxies built on the Star Wars franchise. What are the best original (not a sequel or franchise) games that you've played this year?"

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My wish (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822570)

I wish there was a way for me, as a Christian, as a human being, to sit down with some of you and have a pleasant, civil discussion without bitterness or sarcasm. I don't force people to believe what I believe. I don't mock others with different beliefs. I hope I can find the words to explain myself, as my life goes on. I hope I can help people to see.

Take it to Church, Godboy! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822579)

Nobody here is interested in the sound of Bible-thumping, Churchy-la-Femme!

Re:My wish (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822592)

I wish there was a way for me, as a Christian, as a human being, to sit down with some of you and have a pleasant, civil discussion without bitterness or sarcasm.

You can, just tell us what original games in 2003 you thought were good. If you want to talk about religion instead then find a site where that's what people talk about.

Trollkore is dying!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822572)

SHIT ON ME! It's official - Slashdot has fucking confirmed: Trollkore is dying

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Due to the troubles of those arseholes at Slashdot, abysmal trolls and so on, Trollkore showed themselves to be a bunch of retarded tossers, went out of business and were taken over by GNAA who troll another type of trolls. Now Trollkore is also a miserable failure, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house... pathetic.

All major surveys show that Trollkore has steadily fucking declined in first posts. Trollkore is where it belongs, at death's door and its long term survival prospects are almost non-fucking-existant. If Trollkore is to survive at all it will be among moronic, dilettante shitheads. Trollkore continues to Chew Satan's Dick And Fuck The Baby Jesus Up The Pooper. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, Trollkore is dead.

Fact: Trollkore WILL FUCKING LOOSE THE UPCOMING FP-BATTLE!!.

Meet the new boss (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822670)

I wish there was a way for me, as a Christian, as a human being, to sit down with some of you and have a pleasant, civil discussion without bitterness or sarcasm. I don't force people to believe what I believe. I don't mock others with different beliefs. I hope I can find the words to explain myself, as my life goes on. I hope I can help people to see.

Re:Meet the new boss (-1, Flamebait)

Patrik_AKA_RedX (624423) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822743)

I hope I can help people to see.
See what? IMHO the whole point of religion is to get people to close their eyes.

Re:Trollkore is dying!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822714)

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PS2 (1)

iota (527) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822576)

The best new game I've played in a long while is Xenosaga... It's supposed to be a prequal to Xenogears, but I never played that so I don't count it, plus it wasn't even based on the same engine or anything (or the same characters, apparently). I think they are just vaguely related.

Linux (2, Informative)

Nikademus (631739) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822607)

Enemy territory kept my days busy...

Re:PS2 (2, Informative)

silentbobdp (157345) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822619)

*ahem*

Xenogears had a book printed with it in Japan called "Perfect Works". This was a strategy guide but also detailed the story. The six episodes of Xenogears/Xenosaga are discussed in this book, and Xenosaga episode I follows the synopsis in the book fairly well.

They did say they were changing things for the Xenosaga series; I assume those will be better known when they get to Episode V (as that's the one that Xenogears is).

But even Fei and Elly's past forms pop up in Xenosaga, albeit briefly...

Re:PS2 (2, Insightful)

TheCrazyFinn (539383) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822623)

Xenogears is episode 5, Xenosaga is episode one (And soon two) of the tale, which literally spans thousands of years.

It's supposed to be close, but not the same, when they get to Xenosaga Episode 5.

SAS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822674)

Can't resist a little plug - Does a 'mod' count as a non-franchise game? If so I would highly recommend "SAS Into the Lions Den" just released on 19th December. It has been several years in the making originally for UT but completely recoded and remodelled for UT2k3.

It's the usual terrorist vs counterterrorist thing , in the vien of Counterstrike and Strikeforce but all I would say is that its very well done and written from the ground up for online multi-play. We have had some great artists, modellers and coders on the team and its a first rate job. Check it out.

My only other game tip is Simpsons Hit and Run which I just got for Xmas. Looks like GTA with Simpsons characters so I'm expecting a lot of fun - installing it right now.

Not quite pirst fost... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822578)

..but good enough for me.

Quick Rundown (5, Informative)

R-66Y (150658) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822580)

Viewtiful Joe and Beyond Good and Evil are both excellent.

Later,
Patrick

Re:Quick Rundown (1)

Trashman (3003) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822620)

I second Viewtiful Joe. Got it for X-mas, great game! Reminicient of many old school games. (Double Dragon, River City Ransome, even Mega Man, et al).

Another great original GC Tittle is Pikmin.

Re:Quick Rundown (1)

Alcimedes (398213) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822659)

i absolutely love Viewtiful Joe, it's been a blast. lots of fun to play, and looks great while you're doing it.

(rather than looks great, but isn't much fun to play)

Really, really sad (1)

Overly Critical Guy (663429) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822755)

It's really, really sad how void the discussions are on this. So far I've only seen a couple of games mentioned.

Was there anything released this year that wasn't a franchise game? Seems this article is dead.

Third post! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822583)

This is the third post!

Boo-yah!

Score: -1, Troll

WarioWare Inc. (4, Insightful)

vaguelyamused (535377) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822586)

WarioWare Inc. Mega Microgames

I haven't played a game more original (or bizarre) in a very long time.

Re:WarioWare Inc. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822728)

... is a franchise (Mario Bros.) and therefore a "sequel."

Re:WarioWare Inc. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822780)

it really has nothing to do with Mario, it's definitely an original

DOAX (1)

topham (32406) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822588)

Seriously. My GF loves it.

And while it might be part of the DOA franchise, really it's hard to call it a sequel.

Re:DOAX (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822656)

Your GF, Mrs Wright?

Re:DOAX (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822682)

Your GF, Mrs Wright?

That would be Mr. Wright. (GF == gay friend)

Re:DOAX (1)

topham (32406) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822713)

Girlfriend. Of 5 years.

She's been bugging me to buy the game for most of the year, bought it for her for Christmas and she played it till 1 in the morning on boxing day. (After playing it for the entire day).

Re:DOAX (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822754)

Girlfriend. Of 5 years....on boxing day.

Ahhhhh, the infamous Canadian girlfriend. I had a girlfriend in Canada once.

Re:DOAX (1)

cbreaker (561297) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822736)

Big boobs aside, this game is actually very playable and fun. It's not one of those "you'll play it for months" type games but it was entertaining.

Of course, I just downloaded it from Usenet.

GTA3 a sequel? (2, Insightful)

stemcell (636823) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822591)

I know the poster goes on to say that he excludes franchises as well as sequels but GTA3 was a ground-breaking and original game - it seems a bit harsh to exclude it on the basis that it shares its name with a top-down 2d crime game....

But don't even get me started on Vice City ;-)

Happy New Year,
Stem

Re:GTA3 a sequel? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822618)

I enjoyed GTA3, but other than the perspective it seemed to be pretty much the same game as GTA. I don't see how it could be said to be ground breaking and original. Fun though, sure. (Don't remember if I ever played GTA2, I guess there must have been one).

Re:GTA3 a sequel? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822722)

I can't see why people found this game fun. To me it was:

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Drive down the street
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Drive down the street
etc etc.

It was no fun to play at all. Maybe I'm just used to the 0 load time on the nintendo .

Didnt play it but .. (1)

rasjani (97395) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822595)

saw some videos and seen it being played: Vietiful Joe [capcom.com] Game itself is full of "special effects" and all the reviews are boasting how great the controls are. Damn i wish i had gamecube.

Re:Didnt play it but .. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822740)

It's overrated. Just another platformer with pretty graphics that you'll tire of quickly. In fact, there's so much eye candy, it turns into a bit of a mess. When you're fighting there's sparks, lens flare, and particles everywhere, you can't even see what you're doing half the time.

But perfect for the A.D.D. generation.

Pong! (2, Funny)

Dragonshed (206590) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822597)

eom

Best game this year? (5, Informative)

N0decam (630188) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822598)

Eye Toy: Play - it got my parents, my inlaws, and even my wife's aunt and uncle up out of their seats to "Wash some windows"

Awesome fun for the whole family.

Best one I've *bought* this year (4, Informative)

Space cowboy (13680) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822599)

is Neverwinter Nights. Not sure if it was *made* this year though. I think you could make an argument for it being a sequel to Baldur's Gate, but in my eyes it's a totally new game :-) Oh yeah, and fantastic to boot :-))))

Simon

Re:Best one I've *bought* this year (5, Informative)

Dasaan (644170) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822639)

In the same vein I'd have to say pikmin rocked for me. Obviously not *made* this year, but it's the most original game I've *played* all year.

Re:Best one I've *bought* this year (3, Informative)

TheCrazyFinn (539383) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822648)

It only builds on 25 years of D&D (including about 20 of Forgotten Realms.)

It;s no sequel to Baldurs Gate, but it is D&D (And thus disqualified by the poster's requirements)

Re:Best one I've *bought* this year (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822767)

That definition pretty much edges out every game. Nothing's truly original, and you can classify almost anything as "franchise" like with D&D.

For the sake of actually having a decent selection of games, I'd say that NWN would be classified as original, but Shadows of Undrentide and Hordes of the Underdark would not be.

Border Down (1)

tsanth (619234) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822604)

It's one hell of a good shmup. Too bad it's only out for the Dreamcast; a whole bunch of shmup fans have probably missed out on it because it's not on a more "mainstream" console.

Viewtiful Joe (4, Informative)

x mani x (21412) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822608)

By far the most original game I've played this year was Viewtiful Joe. 2d gameplay, best 3d cell shaded graphics since JSRF, slow down/speed up/zoom in effects, amazing puzzles, amazing bosses battles. Overall great mix of old school gameplay and cutting edge gameplay/graphical innovations. Totally original, totally great. My personal favorite game of the year.

Best original games? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822610)

Anal Invaders on the Playstation 2
Nigger Hunter on the X-Box

Orbz 2 (5, Informative)

gregfortune (313889) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822615)

Seems like a pretty silly game, but I ran my demo time out and am seriously considering buying the full version. Orbz 2 [garagegames.com] demo and screenshots can be found here. Seriously, don't knock until you try it out.

Call of Duty (2, Informative)

domodude (613072) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822617)

Without doubt, the best game I have played all year is Call of Duty. Great game on so many levels.

Re:Call of Duty (1)

Rayonic (462789) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822703)

Uh, not "Best", but "Best Original". Unless you think a WWII-based FPS is something new.

"Original" ? (5, Insightful)

mirko (198274) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822621)

I am not sure there *is* an original game : there are strategy games, like Civ, Warcraft, there are Doom like (once again obviously unoriginal), there are multiplayer games...
Well, the last time I saw a NEW game and said "WOW" was when I saw people playing Dance Dance revolution...

If you ask: (2, Funny)

Krapangor (533950) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822624)

Minesweeper

Super Mario Sunshine! (3, Funny)

coene (554338) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822626)

By far the best and most original game I purchased this year is Super Mario Sunshine. I'm really amazed that Nintendo hasn't followed up this genius Mario theme with at least 10 games by now.

Re:Super Mario Sunshine! (1)

vaguelyamused (535377) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822685)

Super Mario Sunshine!!!!.......was released in 2002...

Re:Super Mario Sunshine! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822746)

And is based on the (Super) Mario franchise.

Re:Super Mario Sunshine! (2)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822776)

And is based on the (Super) Mario franchise.

So? Am I the only one spotting the sarcasm in the original post? :-P

Postal 2!!! (0)

simetra (155655) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822628)

Yeah Baby!

Class them by Genre! (2, Interesting)

X-Rayden (734150) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822707)

on the original game, but part of the simpsons franchise : The Simpson Hit&Run is by far the best simpson game ever and is a GTA kind of game with more cartoon fun (cant kill, cant realy steal car, no gun) so far i've played this new game with a big smile on my face... on the FPS genre, Call Of Duty strikes in my opinion, everybody with think that BF1942 is the best sim of the WWII, but they never played COD on single player mode... best FREE game... yes... SplashDamage have releave the follow up multiplayer mod of RTCW and give it for FREE ... Enemy Territory is not original, and its part of the Wolfenstein franchise... but... ITS FREE DAWMMIT! and its a great fun game... Other games to seek out for : Ratchet and Clank Mario Kart : Double Dash Zelda:Windwaker... and more... my prediction for 2004 : a lot of society games with minigames (kind of Mario Party or Warioware) ... its already beginning, but i think it'll it the PC Market in 2004

Easy (5, Funny)

Deraj DeZine (726641) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822637)

Duke Nukem Forever. It's the first game to have been in development for 5 years with no apparent progress. It's like these guys invented slacking. Actually they stole the tactic from Ion Storm and John Romero, but 3D Realms has taken it to a whole new level.

How much more original can you get? I owe all of my failing grades to these gods of slothfulness.

This generic DNF-bashing comment has been made possible by too much free time during winter break.

Quake (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822638)

Quake *1*, that is. Multiplayer only, of course, using one of the many excellent quakeworld clients out there on the net (try vanilla quakeworld if you're in Linux/BSD or on a Mac, otherwise try e.g. FuhQuake for windows)

Cross-platform gaming fun for you and your family. There are even a couple of ipv6-only servers floating around...

Galactic Civilizations (4, Interesting)

vjmurphy (190266) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822641)

Great game, killer AI, and massive support from the publishers. Never had this much fun with turn-based strategy games since Alpha Centauri.

Re:Galactic Civilizations (1)

perrinkog (536087) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822717)

I'll second that.

Best AI in a game that I've played in a long time.... frickin genius computers keep annihilating me

best original: Animal Crossing (4, Informative)

thdexter (239625) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822642)

It's just like The Sims, except with adorable animals, and interior decorating is rewarded! The thing that sucks is I finally bought my own copy recently and now my mom keeps me up until 3:00 am playing it with her character in my town...

Gladius (2, Interesting)

3DKnight (589972) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822644)

Quite a good game which i play on PS2. Action, strategy, adventure... it's got it all!

Looking for a team of coders (1)

CrazyJim0 (324487) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822646)

I'm good at coding, game design, etc.

I'm looking to join a crew who's making an action paced MMOG.

There's a monopoly bigger than Everquest waiting in the action MMOG.

Re:Looking for a team of coders (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822661)

I'm good at coding, game design, etc.

I know Pearl and VB and HTML(but no javascript - it's hard.) Can I be in your club? I also hate girls 'cause they have cooties.

Thats always the deal (1)

CrazyJim0 (324487) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822765)

Either I play it down, or I look like an egotistical overlord trumping my experiences of coding.

Someone's gotta know of a team thats working on a MMOG thats action paced like halo.

A FPS set in a large world setting, etc etc.

Light vehicles for getting to location, heavy if you earn them, and want to bunker down a place, and main bases to group out from. Slap in some "leveling" goodness, maybe a cartooneque storyline, and you have a hit that'll last 5-10 years.

Re:Looking for a team of coders (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822662)

If you think that's a good way to build an industry leading team then don't get your hopes up.

Re:Looking for a team of coders (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822704)

It's better than what you're doing.

Re:Looking for a team of coders (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822724)

No, it isn't.

Re:Looking for a team of coders (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822750)

Is this a five minute argument or the full half hour?

Re:Looking for a team of coders (1)

Shut the fuck up! (572058) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822779)

Is this a five minute argument or the full half hour?

Neither, it's the five minute project. Which is the sum total amount of time spent on it before it is posted to Sourceforge.

Re:Looking for a team of coders (1)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822777)

How serious are you on that?
I'm not good at languages useful in writing games, my art sucks, but I'm quite good at design/storytelling.

Tranquility (2, Insightful)

F2F (11474) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822647)

It's not brand new, but it's the most original game I've ever seen -- you move in a 3D world bouncing off platforms chasing a "spinner".

What's really appealing is that the game is definitely a great stress reliever, very relaxed, with outstanding music (AI generated, which means it rarely repeats itself) based on your moves, and a highly, highly trigonometrical figures assembled on some of the most interesting mathematical curves you can think of...

Reminds me of the 3D Simpsons epizode, where Homer falls into a black hole into the real world :)

See it at tqworld.com [tqworld.com] .

NB: I'm not affiliated with the developers in any way, I don't make money off the game and in fact I've never purchased an account on their servers (though I did offer help with their Linux port at one point, but never did anything about it)...

Re:Tranquility (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822730)

Yeah I remember tranquility....I used to play it on some SGI workstations , years ago too. It was totally absorbing, very original concept . And colourful. The closest experience I can compare it to is playing some of the weird unreal levels in zero gravity, but as I remember in tranquility you are just a bouncing ball or something. Is there an i86 binary of it?

Tenebrae Quake (1)

Einherjer (569603) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822649)

Actually my favorite game of 2003 was Tenebrae Quake ( http://tenebrae.sourceforge.net )

Tenebrae is a modification of the quake source that adds stencil shadows and per pixel lights, which makes the good old quake look a little bit like Doom3. This adds about 500% atmosphere and makes the game a whole new experience to play.

Agree w/ poster (1)

standsolid (619377) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822652)

Most of my games are franchise games

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
Mario Kart: Double Dash
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (gamecube)
Metroid Prime

for Origiality the best game this year is
Viewtiful Joe

For years past (but I still play)
Pikmin

It's a sequel srivien market -- I like the 3d-ifications of all my retro games (When done well) Prince of persia is highly reccomended.

How about "None"? (1, Insightful)

Urkki (668283) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822655)

There are no original games any more, any originality of powerful 3D engines has been used up a few years back already...

The next opportunity at originality might come in the real time online world department, but I think all attempts at that in the year 2003 fell flat...?

PC online games just have too much cheating, and consoles just aren't powerful enough yet (even XBox has way too little memory), and there aren't enough people with fast enough access who want to play them to bring out their true potential anyway...

I'll buy that (1)

CrazyJim0 (324487) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822691)

There wasn't a single game in 2003 that I enjoyed playing, and I'm one of the most die hard video game players out there.

Another question - why no 2D games? (4, Insightful)

pubjames (468013) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822657)


One thing that I'd like to know is why does nobody create any 2D games anymore? 2D is a great format for many types of games - scrolling shooters, platform games, shoot 'em-ups. Why does nobody make these any more?

3D is fine for many types of games, but personally I'm a bit bored of 1000 variations of the DOOM format, and long for some 2D games. It's a good format for the screen, and it's a good format for games - afterall, most of the classic games of all time (Go, Chess, playing cards) are essentially 2D games in a 3D environment, which suggests to me that there is something intrinsically right about 2D for game formats.

With the capabilities of modern consoles some fantastic 2D games should be possible, but I've looked everywhere for good 2D games for the Playstation 2 and can't find any. Very frustrating.

Re:Another question - why no 2D games? (1)

lafiel (667810) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822698)

The progress of technology... people want polygons now, and game companys give them polygons =/

On the bright side, not all games can be given another axis to move around in (2-d fighters), hurrah for SNK vs Capcom.

Re:Another question - why no 2D games? (2, Informative)

TomHandy (578620) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822720)

Viewtiful Joe and Ikaruga for the GameCube are clearly 2D (although with some fancy visual effects, including some 3d effects). The GBA has also been home to some great original 2D games (i.e. Advance Wars 2 and Fire Emblem, and plenty of other stuff)

I can't speak on the PS2 since none of the PS2 games I bought this year were 2D.

-Tom

Re:Another question - why no 2D games? (2, Informative)

karnal (22275) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822764)

Amen brother.

I had my girlfriend order Gradius V (it's actually coming to the states!!!... unlike gradius gaiden, which I had to mod-chip my ps1 for....) before Christmas so that I would have something to play over the vacation....

Turns out, their original 4Q estimate got pushed back... In fact, Amazon.com had an original ship date of December 18th... but, when we went to order (a little late) on the 22nd, there was a new delivery date of 01/08...???

Checked out the Konami page. Hmm, 1q04 now. darnit.

I guess 2d scrollers just don't have the same pull they used to. I am glad that they're making this one, however, but I will lament the day that I can't fire up a game on (insert console here) and pilot Vic Viper to victory!

Re:Another question - why no 2D games? (1)

Drakker (89038) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822772)

There's a Contra game on PS2 that is 2d... and you can get Duke Nukem: Manhattan project for PC (even runs in wine) thats like 10$ now.

Ikaruga (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822664)

Unfortunately I'm not sure it counts since it's a straight port of Ikaruga for the Dreamcast some years ago :)

Star Chamber (2, Insightful)

Rayonic (462789) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822672)

Just squeaking in under the wire, the recent Star Chamber [starchamber.net] , a 4X/board/card game for the PC, is one of the more unique releases this year. Furthermore, it's a free, and has free online play with ladder rankings. (The card booster packs are what costs you).

So go to their web site and check it out. There is no excuse not to. Or at least read this glowing review from Gamespot [gamespot.com] .

Xenosaga (1)

TheCrazyFinn (539383) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822673)

I'd have to say it was Xenosaga.

Previous to that would be Devil May Cry or Halo, although those aren't 2003 games.

Re:Xenosaga (1)

TomHandy (578620) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822699)

Xenosaga was great, but considering it's ties to the Xenogears universe (I know, I know.... they insist it is completely original, but come on....:) - it probably doesn't fit the criteria of the question being asked (i.e. a completely original game not part of a specific franchise........)

-Tom

Re:Xenosaga (2, Funny)

ATomkins (564078) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822737)

...or Halo, although those aren't 2003 games.

SURE IT IS!

...
oh, wait, you're probably not a Mac-user...

Viewtiful Joe (1)

Rura Penthe (154319) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822680)

Don't hate him because he's Viewtiful.

2D anyone? (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822689)

I, personally, would really like to know if there were any notable 2D games. Too bad most publishers think that nice 3D graphics sells the game (and I'm afraid that it's true...)

Re:2D anyone? (1)

greenreaper (205818) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822702)

Galactic Civilizations [galciv.com] ?

Technically this is a sequel, but since the prequel was on OS/2 8 years ago . . .

Don't laugh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822693)

Puzzle Pirates [puzzlepirates.com] , the world's first MMOArrrrPG. You play as a cute little isometric pirate who plays popcap type puzzles to sail your pirate ship, attack other ships, and accumulate booty. It looks flatly retarded, but I assure you it's the most enjoyable/addictive little game ever made.

Syberia (1)

Tenebrious1 (530949) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822710)

Most interesting new game I've played in a while. PC version had problems with the FMVs crashing the game, but still enjoyed it. I was hoping "The Longest Journey 2" (odd name huh?) would be out in 2003, but of course that's a sequel.

I've been playing Final Fantasy for years... oddly enough FFX2 they just released is the first real 'sequel' they've put out.

TO SUM UP I LIKE YOUR GAME BUT IT IS VERY HARD. (1)

xankar (710025) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822727)

http://www.penny-arcade.com/view.php3?date=2003-07 -07&res=l

There you have it: Another vote for Viewtiful Joe.

eve (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822745)

eve online (MMORPG) is my choice, I've played it for about a month now. It still has a few bugs that annoy me but the size of the world and gameplay depth (takes a looong time to fully learn it) makes it the best I've tried for a long time (and COD is still great, but singleplayer is much to short)

Tron 2.0 (1)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822751)

No it's not a sequal.

Bridge construction set (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822753)

I had great fun with the Bridge construction set [garagegames.com] indy game. Well, the demo, I'm too cheap to buy a $20 game. Of course, I'm also the guy who watches "When buildings collapse".

Apple to Apples (1)

gr8_phk (621180) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822756)

Some friends and I had a decent couple rounds of Apples to Apples. Or did we first do that last year? Oh wait, you mean VIDEO games....

Not Many (1)

Film11 (736010) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822761)

Now that I come to think of it, not many I've played have been original (and good). The only good original game would have to be Anachronox. I bit old (based on the Q2 engine) but still an excellent RPG.

Puzzle Pirates (1)

Apreche (239272) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822763)

Yohoho Puzzle Pirates. I got me a lot of Gamecube and Gameboy games. And I like 'em all a lot. But I find myself playing Puzzle Pirates more than anything else. Even if you don't want to play, at least do the free trial, its worth it. And unlike other MMOs where progress is based on performing repetetive button clicking, in Puzzle Pirates progress is based on skill alone. And all ages and genders can have fun and appreciate it :)

GTA3 a sequel, yes, but very unique too. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822768)

Not sure about you but I'm an avid game player and I've never played ANYTHING similar to grand theft auto 3, and although yeah it may be a sequel, this game is far different than its predecessors. I hope for a MMORPG version with structural damage :-)

Neighbors from Hell (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822769)

By far this was the most fun game I've played at all this year. It's damn well worth the money, and I think there is a demo. Only problem is it is too short, but the sequel I think is out early next year. This game rocks!

Some original games (2, Interesting)

Kleedrac2 (257408) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822770)

This year I'd say the best original games were;

-Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga, brought a whole new idea into the Console RPG genre by making the two characters in the party controlled on seperate buttons.

-XIII, WOW.

-Ultimate Baseball Online, first MMOSports game.

-Wario Ware, the best way to waste hours on end.

-Battlefield 1942, took FPS's to a new level by adding planes, tanks and automobiles.

-Wolfenstein Enemy Territory, is kinda a sequel but goes to show how popular and great a free game can truly be!

-GBA eCard Reader, the games were mostly rehashed NES titles, but the idea is unique, plus the add-on levels for SMB3 and the deck of cards that forms Mario Party GBA were really unique idea.

And finally,
-Temple of Elemental Evil, yes it could be argued that since this absolutely wonderful game has its roots in an old D&D module it's not as original as above. But this game fixed all the problems I had with Neverwinter Nights! NWN takes a turn based game (D&D) and tries to make it realtime. Temple decided to make a true D&D game and then use that engine to recreate one of the kewlest, deadliest, and interesting "Dungeon-Hack" adventures ever printed for D&D. Anyone who likes D&D will love Temple. And anyone who's never played D&D but who likes NWN will probably bitch because they won't understand how much better the translation in Temple is.

These are just my opinions obviously, but if you're looking for original ... these are the ones I liked the most!

Kleedrac

Unlimited SaGa for PS2 (1)

Carnivore24 (467239) | more than 10 years ago | (#7822781)

This game is one of a rare series of SaGa games that came out earlier this year. Although it received alot of bad reviews once you start playing and learn the mechanics of the game its actually quite rewarding. Unlike the other Final Fantasy games this one doesnt have 30 minute pauses in gameplay after every boss to watch a movie. You actually play the game about 98% of the time. Leveling is not like other Final Fantasys either, you have a grid panel one which you place panels after you finish missions. The panels are random so you might get Lockpicking, Kicking, Punching, and Artiste one time and another time you might get all weapon panels. Characters gain hitpoints by how much damage they take during a mission. If you hardly use a character throughout a few missions they wont gain that much. The game has 7 different characters that have stories that intersect in a universe telling a different account of what happened through their point of view. Each character takes from 13-40 hours depending on how much you want to build your characters.

My girlfriend's ass (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7822784)

My girlfriend's ass is CHOCK FULL of semen right now.
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